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US Attorneys: Prosecutor Hiring Process Bypassed

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The Washington Post: Hiring Process Was Bypassed for Prosecutor
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050907N.shtml

When he was counsel to a House subcommittee in 2005, Jay Apperson resigned after writing a letter to a federal judge in his boss's name. As an assistant US attorney in Virginia in the 1990s, he infuriated fellow prosecutors when he facetiously suggested a White History Month to complement Black History Month. Yet when Apperson was looking for a job recently, four senior Justice Department officials urged Jeffrey Taylor, the top federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia, to hire him without the usual vetting process. Taylor did.

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The Kansas City Star: Another Senator Asked White House to Replace US Attorney
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050907T.shtml

Sen. Kit Bond's (R-Missouri) staff, worried about a potential scandal over Missouri's fee offices, suggested two years ago that the Bush administration should consider replacing then-US Attorney Todd Graves.

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